EDITORIAL

 EDITORIAL

Hold them accountable

Hold them accountable

Other day Srinagar saw a protest demonstration by a group of people who were up in arms against the continued neglect of picturesque Gulmarg. Among other things they alleged that nothing is being done to deliver the resort from the greedy clutches of land-grabbers who have encroached on huge swathes of state and forest land […]

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New challenges

New challenges

Kashmir has been reeling under the renewed cycles of public unrest and violence for past three decades now and despite tall claims by the successive governments, no respite has come for the people of the trouble-hit region. While as the ‘peace’ has all along remained a buzz-word for the politicians, the people who actually mean […]

 EDITORIAL

Shutting eyes to the ‘unpleasant’

Shutting eyes to the ‘unpleasant’

Ever wondered why most of people here prefer to keep quiet when they should actually be speaking out against the kind of politics that is played with them and on their heads, and which actually concerns them more than those who play this politics? Of course there are reasons for it – after all nobody […]

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Planning matters

Planning matters

In 1961, diamond-rich Botswana and Sierra Leone had approximately the same per capita income of about US$1,070, when both these countries in Africa adopted and experienced extremely different paths of economic development. While diamonds caused an economic miracle in Botswana, the same diamonds led to a total state collapse in Sierra Leone. In Botswana the […]

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Help yourself!

Help yourself!

If the devastating ethnography of the raw realities of life and history in Jammu and Kashmir are looked into, it goes without saying that the most vital chunk of the society –youth – are not only a disarrayed and disturbed lot but they are also exhausted in terms of their hope for a better future. […]

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Area of great concern

Area of great concern

Past few weeks have once again seen resurgence of horrible road accidents which are consumed human lives in both divisions of the state. As usual, what follows from the government besides the expressions of grief and announcements of exgratia relief for the kin of the dead and injured, are instructions for the hospital authorities to […]

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Expedite J&K Bank probe

Expedite J&K Bank probe

That the State government has finally initiated some corrective action against the J&K Bank by sacking its chief is a welcome development. And so is that the bank has been brought within the ambit of Right to Information Act, which means that it will no longer be like the one operating in Cayman Islands, which […]

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Ecotourism?

Ecotourism?

Even as ecotourism has been a buzzword for over two decades now, yet many a hot spots of tourism activity throughout the world are still grappling with ways and means of putting theory into practice. When it comes to tourism in the third world places like Kashmir, where the idea is still in its infancy […]

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Clever scuttling!

Clever scuttling!

There are two ways of confusing and scuttling any corrective action, howsoever well intended it is. Take, for instance, the action against illegal constructions in the city which have come up in violation of the Srinagar Master Plan. First is to ‘make it look indiscriminate while maintaining a careful selectivity’, so that besides those who […]

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For how long…?

For how long…?

Despite repeated pledges by government authorities, they have not been able to keep the rates of various commodities under check. Indeed in Kashmir traders have always made various governments to dance to their tunes. And of course this wouldn’t have been possible if the sleazy money misappropriated from ordinary consumers by way of unscrupulous trade […]

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